PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
August 19, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SLCPD Investigating Critical Injury Crash Involving UTA bus
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is continuing to investigate a crash that critically injured one person.
This investigation started around 4:15 p.m. on Thursday August 18, 2022, when SLC911 received information about a crash involving a Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus and three other cars at 300 West North Temple Street.
Officials with Salt Lake City Fire, Gold Cross, and UTA responded and found multiple people injured, including one driver trapped inside a car with critical injuries.
Based on the severity of injuries and the number of people potentially injured, SLCPD and SLCFD established unified command.
Patrol officers worked quickly to secure the scene while firefighters started triaging and treating the injured.
Based on the preliminary investigation, the driver of a Toyota Camry ran a red light while driving southbound on 300 West and crashed into the UTA bus.
The UTA bus, which was traveling eastbound on North Temple, then crashed into two other cars that were headed northbound on 300 West and were stopped at the red light.
In total, the crashes resulted in four people being injured, including the driver of the Camry, the bus driver and two bus passengers.
The driver of the Camry remains in the hospital in critical condition. No additional information about the other three people hurt is available.
Initially, based on witness statements, it was thought the driver of the Camry had a medical episode just moments prior to the crash.
However, based on the progression of the investigation, the SLCPD is now investigating the driver of the Camry for impaired driving.
No arrests have been made and no citations have been issued at this time.
The Crash Analysis Reconstruction (CAR) Team and SLCPD Crime Lab technicians responded to the scene.
The CAR Team is a multi-jurisdictional crash team that investigates crashes involving serious physical injuries or death. Members of the CAR Team receive specialized training in collision examination, speed analysis, vehicle dynamics, occupant kinematics, scene photography, surveying equipment, crash scene mapping, evidence collection and computer aided drawing programs.
The CAR Team includes law enforcement from the Salt Lake City Police Department and several other Salt Lake Valley law enforcement agencies.
A SLCPD PIO responded to the scene to provide media and community members with updates.
Photos from the scene have been posted to the SLCPD Twitter page.
No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.